Parents Bill Rights

Parents' Rights and Responsibilities

The New York City Department of Education recognizes that children excel when parents work closely with teachers and principals to develop strong partnerships. As partners in education, parents, guardians, and other family members have certain rights and responsibilities.

All Families Have the Following Rights:

The right to a free public school education for their children.

The right to be given access to information about their children's performance and the educational programs and opportunities available to them and their children.

The right to be actively involved in the education of their children.

The right to file complaints and appeals.

The right to translation and interpretation services in order to communicate effectively with the Department, in accordance with Chancellor's Regulation A-663.

All Parents Have the Following Responsibilities:

The responsibility to send their children to school ready to learn.

The responsibility to ensure that their children attend school regularly and arrive on time.

The responsibility to be aware of their children's work, progress, and problems.

The responsibility to keep in touch with their children's teachers and principal.

The responsibility to respond to communications from their children's school.

The responsibility to attend important meetings and conferences.

The responsibility to treat all school staff members with courtesy and respect.

We Encourage Parents To:

Set high expectations for their children. Help out at schools by volunteering time, skills, or resources.

Get involved in Parent Associations or Parent-Teacher Associations.

Take part in school and community programs.


Internet Policy


1)The Department of Education of the City of New York (the “Department") is obtaining access to the Internet, including access to e-mail, for its employees, Department members, students, and guests. Guests include but are not limited to parents, substitute teachers, temporary Department employees, parent volunteers, and other school volunteers.

2) Internet access and the use of e-mail through the use of the Department's system, has a limited educational purpose. The term "educational purpose" includes use of the system by students and their parents for learning activities both in school and at home, employee professional or career development, communication between teachers, students and their parents and the facilitation of information-sharing between teachers and administrators throughout the New York City school system. If any user has a question whether their Internet use is consistent with the Department’s educational purpose, goals, and mission, s/he should consult with the appropriate supervisor, principal, teacher, etc.

3) Student access to the Internet will be governed by this policy, related Department regulations, and the Citywide Standards of Conduct and Uniform Disciplinary Measures ("the student disciplinary code"). Employee use will be governed by this policy, related Department regulations, Department employment policy, and applicable collective bargaining agreements. All use will be in compliance with the acceptable use provisions of the Internet service provider.

4) The Department reserves the right to terminate any user’s access to the Internet, including access to e-mail, at any time and for any reason. The Department reserves the right to monitor all Internet access, including all e-mail, through use of the Department’s system. The Department specifically reserves the right to revoke access and/or take other appropriate disciplinary action, with respect to any user who violates this policy.


1) Users who require technical assistance with Internet access should call the Technology Department at (718) 392-3330 ext. 1161


The Department has installed Internet filtering software in an attempt to block user access to inappropriate and/or harmful text on the Internet. The software works by scanning web site addresses, web site content, e-mail and other documents for objectionable words or concepts. Objectionable words and concepts are pre-determined by the Department. When the software finds any such objectionable words or concepts, it denies the user access to them based on the level of access assigned to the word or concept by the Department. Generally, levels of access go from the least restrictive level, which allows users access to the web site or document that contains the word or concept, to the most restrictive level, which denies users access to the web site or document that contains the word or concept.

Default filtering levels for grades 9 through 12: The filter is set at the most restrictive setting in restricting access to Internet sites that may contain interactive chat or mail or information regarding:

  1. crime
  2. violence
  3. sex acts
  4. sex attire
  5. sex/nudity
  6. sex/personal
  7. basic sex education
  8. advanced sex education
  9. sexuality
  10. sports